“Day-Of” Services?

March 29, 2010

Dream Weddings refers to this service as The Final Stage.

You’ve planned your wedding and suddenly realize that perhaps it might be a good idea to have someone oversee all the details so that you or your mom don’t have to worry about anything. So you go online and look for a “Day-Of” service. That’s all you need – you think.
After making the phone call or meeting with a wedding planner you are suddenly aghast at the cost to have someone come in just to make your day perfect!

Truths –
The wedding planner has no idea of what plans you have made to date.
In many cases, the wedding planner may never have worked with a vendor or two that you have hired.
In some cases, the wedding planner may not have ever worked at the venue and/or church.
In all cases, the wedding planner has no idea of what your vision is for your wedding day.
99% of the time, all things have not been completed and ready for the wedding planner to show up at your wedding and make it your dream day come true.

Facts –
In order for a wedding planner to come in at the final stages of your event, he or she will need to know all of your plans – including reviewing all of the contracts you have signed to date. There is no other way to know what you are expecting from the wedding industry professionals you have secured.
If the planner has not worked at a venue or with a vendor you have hired, it is in their best interest to meet at the facility or meet and/or talk with the vendor to introduce themselves as your “go to” person on the day of your wedding.
In order to produce and direct the wedding of your dreams, you and the wedding planner will need to discuss and do a site visit both to the church and venue to be sure you are all on the same page.
Any prudent wedding planner will have a checklist of things that should already have been done and will go through this list with you in enough time so that they can still be accomplished without stress before your event.
Wedding planners begin their weekend at your rehearsal and then again at the crack of dawn on your wedding day, and will not end their day until your last guest leaves your reception.
Wedding planners do not like surprises on a couples’ wedding day. There is but ONE chance to make it perfect and that is the ultimate goal.
Final Stage wedding planners will probably spend 50 or more hours on your wedding.
It is impossible to be a “day-of” planner and only be present on the day of your wedding!

Please understand that we are taking on the responsibility of one of the most important days of your life. Please set aside a reasonable percentage of your budget for a final stage wedding planner.

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Why a Planner?

February 12, 2010

Professionals are present at every major event in life! Doctors deliver babies, school officials preside at graduations, directors stage major productions, and licensed officiants perform marriages. The list goes on and on and in each of these events rituals are involved, using a system for each and carried out by someone trained to do so.
With the high cost of weddings and the time involved to pull all the facets together, it is all but impossible for a bride to do this while keeping her daily routine intact. A certified wedding planner is trained to plan and coordinate every detail of your wedding and oversee all to be sure you and your families enjoy one of the most important days of your life.
Is a wedding planner expensive? If you compare the cost of a wedding planner to the price of your wedding gown, musicians, photographer, videographer, wedding cake and florist (just to name a few), the money spent for a certified wedding planner becomes a small percentage of your total wedding budget.
As important as it is to save money, the major advantage of hiring a planner is the time saved. The legwork is done for you, always working within your parameters. You are not dictated to — you are offered options. The pressure of contacting all your vendors, coordinating their arrivals, your attendants, his family, your family, writing thank-you notes, etc., is overwhelming. Add to that the big day itself, and all the last-minute details that take place, and you will begin to realize what a task it is to plan a wedding.
Most important, before entrusting one of the most important days of your life to someone else, be sure you are both headed in the same direction — your happiness!
Most brides are unaware that a wedding planner might spend anywhere from 150 to 200 hours of planning time on a full-service wedding. This is time spent by someone who plans weddings on a regular basis. Perhaps you are just beginning to realize how important it might be to enlist help for one of the most important days of your life.
Enjoy the planning time during your engagement with your fiance and your families. Call Dream Weddings to set up an appointment for your initial interview and allow yourself the luxury of a dream wedding ~ without stress. Don’t you deserve the best?

Bride’s Choice Award!

February 2, 2010

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards ™ recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds. This year’s winners represent the top five percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which consists of over 100,000 local wedding professionals nationwide.
Dream Weddings has been given this award since it began two years ago! Thank you to my wonderful clients! Visit Dream Weddings’ site on Wedding Wire and click on reviews to see what brides had to say.

CONGRATULATIONS!

December 31, 2009

Congratulations to both the bride and groom on your engagement! Don’t wait until you are overwhelmed and in a state of panic to hire a wedding planner!
At the very least, every bride and groom should have a wedding planner on hand for the weekend of their wedding so that everyone, including their families, can enjoy this special event. Dream Weddings refers to this service as “The Final Stage”. This service can be contracted as soon as possible.
It only happens once in a lifetime – a certified wedding planner is your insurance of a flawless day and will save you time, energy and stress.

You’re engaged ~ Now what?

October 27, 2009

Start at the beginning! You’ve said YES and the next most important words you will say will be I DO. It would seem the logical place to begin is with your ceremony because without the ceremony there is no reason to party. So there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before you start dreaming about your wedding.

1. What do you see when you walk into the ceremony? Is it in your family church? Is it in a chapel in the woods? Is it in the middle of a field? Under a canopy? At a golf course? Where you met? Everyone has a vision about what their ceremony will look like. Once you convey your thoughts to Dream Weddings, we will discover your vision and create it for you.

2. Are there portions of the wedding that will reflect your style and others that will reflect your fiance’s style?

3. Do you have religious or family traditions that you might want to consider?

4. Is there a certain season or time of day that is important to both of you?

5. Do you think you might want your wedding to be traditional, contemporary, or perhaps a combination of the two?

6. Is there someone special who you would like to perform the ceremony? I’ve seen parents perform the ceremony for either their daughter or their son – how beautiful and heartwarming!

7. Are there any particular family situations that will need to be considered?

Now let your imagination go and start dreaming…

What happens next?

October 16, 2009

If you want to plan your own wedding you certainly can do so. With all the internet assistance and print advertising it should not be too difficult to do so.

Just a thought, however – if your car was really acting strange and all those wonderful dashboard lights were popping off and on, would you not seek the assistance of a professional? It would be the same circumstance if you were learing a new computer program or trying to set up a network, or going to trial for that nasty speeding ticket, or even getting a haircut! I would never even consider cutting my hair and expecting it to be the most beautiful cut I had ever had – I seek out those who do these things on a regular basis.

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life (without a chance to do it over again!), and to try to go it alone is asking for stress, stress, and more stress! Give it some thought and include a wedding planner in your budget. We can help you at any point down the line from the very beginning, step in after you’ve already done a few things, or even come in at the last minute to implement your plans so that you and your family can enjoy every minute!

Early congratulations to anyone getting engaged over TX/OU weekend – it’s going to be a beautiful weekend.

It’s a great day!

October 15, 2009

Dream Weddings was established in 1997 soon after our first daughter was married. Just before her wedding day we decided to seek professional assistance to carry out all the plans that she and I had made together, because I knew that if I didn’t turn things over to a professional, I was not going to enjoy any part of it. Approximately one month after her wedding I found myself in a classroom atmosphere taking a course to become a certified wedding consultant. And so it began…